The law surrounding industrial disputes and strike action is laid down in the Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992, as amended by subsequent legislation. There are various rules regulating how industrial action is arranged and conducted as well as rules governing the employer’s response to such action.
Industrial action in publictly-funded schools and colleges has not been unusual over recent years, though much of it has resulted from industrial disputes with the Secretary of State over education policy rather than local-authority-level or school-level disputes, though there has been an increase in these too - often related to particular aspects of teachers' pay and conditions since the 2013 reforms.
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Our guidance and information section contains practical advice for senior leaders and governing bodies / trust boards on handling industrial action, whether the dispute is local or national. In templates and tools you can find model letters to notify staff of the relevance pay deductions following strike action or action short of a strike.
We also have a range of FAQs covering particular aspects of industrial action on which we typically receive queries.
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